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Northampton Town v Barnet

LDV Vans Trophy, Second Round - Tuesday, 30 October 7:45pm

By John Snow


The following history has been abridged from NTFC's Official Website.

Northampton Town Football Club, nicknamed The "Cobblers" were founded on 6th March 1897, when a group of local school teachers got together with a local solicitor to form the Town's first professional football club.

Northampton Town Football Club joined the Northants League (UCL), and spent just two seasons there. The "Cobblers" won the Championship in only their second season. This was followed by a further two seasons in the Midland League, before joining the Southern League in the 1901-02.

In 1957-58 they were elected to Division Four and, after various promotions, in 1964-65 they were Division two runners-up by just one point from Champions, Newcastle United.

1965-66 is the only season that the "Cobblers" have ever spent in the top flight of English football. A County Ground record of 24,523 supporters witnessed the penultimate home Division One fixture with Fulham which was lost 4-2 and relegated the club to Division Two.

By 1968-69 the "Cobblers" finished 21st in the Third Division, and were relegated to Division Four. Rising from the bottom to the top and back down again just as quickly, all in the space of a decade.

The club went into administration in April 1992, with debts of around £1,600,000, ten of the clubs players were sacked and youth players were drafted in to make up the numbers.

In 1993-94 the "Cobblers" finished bottom of the Football League. Relegation was only escaped due the Conference Champions, Kidderminster Harriers not meeting the necessary ground criteria...

Saturday 15th October 1994 was the start of a new era. Northampton Town Football Club moved to Sixfields Stadium and a capacity crowd witnessed the first match at the new Stadium, a 1-1 draw with Barnet. The first player to score at the new stadium was Martin Aldridge.

1999-2000 season saw the club promoted to Division Two.

The Season So Far

Northampton's season has got off to a disappointing start. They currently lie 21st in Division Two, having played 16 games. They have won four times and drawn twice. They have conceded nearly two goals for every goal scored, with 16 goals for and 31 against.

New Manager

Northampton Town have confirmed the appointment of Kevan Broadhurst as their new manager. Broadhurst stepped in after Kevin Wilson was dismissed in late September after a run of poor results. He was initially appointed manager on a caretaker basis until the end of October.

For Sale

Northampton Town has been put up for sale in an attempt to revive the struggling Second Division club's fortunes. But the Northampton hierarchy claimed the decision does not put the outfit's future in jeopardy. Chief executive Gary Hodder insists the move has not been made in desperation, and suggests it could lead the Sixfields outfit into a bright new future. He invited potential buyers to come forward and work with the existing board to take the Cobblers forward. According to the BBC he said, "This is not a panic measure. Far from it. I think all supporters will acknowledge the excellent work the current board of directors have done in not only rescuing the club from its perilous position of the early nineties, but by now helping to establish us as a competitive Division Two club. The town is big enough to support a higher level of football. We feel this club would be an attractive proposition for any buyer. The infrastructure for a successful club is already in place."

Last Match

On Saturday 27 October, Northampton drew 3-3 with Cambridge United. They went 2-0 down before Gabbiadini pulled one back, taking advantage of the Cambridge defences' hesitation in clearing the ball. Cambridge scored again, two minutes from the end of the first half.

McGregor, Gabbiadini and Burgess all had chances to score for Northampton in the second half. Then Northampton were awarded a penalty. Forrester took it, and although the keeper got a hand to it, he couldn't prevent the ball going in. They were awarded another penalty, with only 13 minutes to go. Forrester took it more cleanly this time and levelled the score. In the dying minutes he had two more chances that nearly won the game for Northampton.

Unable to play on Saturday with injuries were Duncan Spedding, Ian Sampson, Roy Hunter and Chris Carruthers.

Northampton's LDV Tropy Campaign So Far...

They beat Oxford 2-0 to reach the second round. The team used were:

Welch, Dempsey, Hope, Burgess, Frain, McGregor, Hunt, Hunter, Carruthers, Forrester, Parkin.
Subs: Gabbiadini, Hodge, Sollitt, Asamoah, Lopes.

According to NTFC's website Kevan Broadhurst believes his side can go all the way to the final of the LDV Vans Trophy. He said, "I want to be at the Millenium Stadium in the final. I've got to be careful because I've got a small squad but there is no point entering if you don't want to win it. Getting to the final would be a great boost to the club's finances. It could transform us."

And Finally...

Northampton Town have been given an away tie against Third Division Torquay United in the First Round of the FA Cup. According to the BBC, Kevan Broadhurst said, "I have great memories of when we were promoted down there and that was one of my best days in football."

At least someone is happy with pivotal games against Torquay ;-)

Northampton Town Facts

Formed: 6 March 1897
Nickname: The Cobblers
Colours: Claret with white piping on sleeves. V-neck collar with white and claret trim.
Manager: Kevan Broadhurst


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